I am not disagreeing with you, however, I’d like to add that many conditions mimic Sz and can be misdiagnosed as Sz, like if someone has a psychosis due to lymes disease. Other conditions can cause a psychosis, and not be the disease Sz. I am really hung up on this because I believe I had a psychosis, but do not have Sz.
For example, I have a lazy eye now, and after many tests, I believe I suffered from a stroke. And, I’m really pissed off that people have focused on the psychosis, and not treated my stroke, nor advised me on how to prevent another one.
But they did happily tag me with Sz, and then go, oh yea, your eye seems to have a problem. ■■■■■■■ bastards, there go ahead and flag me.
Conditions that may resemble schizophrenia include:
Other Psychiatric Disorders. Bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and depression can have psychotic elements that resemble schizophrenia. The same is true for autism spectrum disorder and some communication disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
and body dysmorphic disorder have delusional elements similar to schizophrenia. People with post-traumatic stress disorder can experience flashbacks similar to hallucinations and have hypervigilance that verges on paranoia.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Both substance abuse and withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can trigger psychosis.
Medical Illnesses. Other causes of psychotic symptoms include cancer in the central nervous system, infections such as encephalitis and syphilis, thyroid disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Wilson’s
disease, and some B vitamin deficiencies.
Medication Reactions. Many medications may induce psychosis as a side effect, and some can trigger delusions and severe confusion. Such medication-induced symptoms are most often observed in elderly patients.
so, if someone diagnosed with Sz, actually determines later that they can attribute the psychosis to another condition, then yes, discontinue the antipsycotics. That is my opinion.
This information herein, I cite ADAM * http://uihealthcare.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=10&pid=10&gid=000047